Sunday, February 05, 2012

I'm Baaaack !

I absolutely cannot believe that my last posting was at the end of September.... WOW!

Well I am back with a vengence and have so much to share. It's killing me to try to hold this post
back from posting and sharing everything I have done since September.

To start with I think I can adequately described "Pinterest" as my new obsession. One of the many
ideas I like to get from there is hairdo's for Isabella. Her hair has gotten so long and it is a ton of FUN trying new things with it.
Here is a simple braid twist and stuck paper flowers in it.

We also finally finished up her bedroom. I may have to take time later to get better pictures. These here just do not do it justice. She was so excited .... Damien created a dressing room for  her that is just her size. The bed we got from IKEA (yup a queen sz) and he also strung lights around it to create a very ethereal effect. The ceiling was painted a darker purple than the walls and the chandelier came from Overstock.

So let's talk New Years resolutions. How do you all feel about them? I normally don't like to make any but I did make an exception this year. I decided I was really going to try to learn to bake. Not that I don't know the basics but I guess I just have never really enjoyed it and I hate to make my kids & Damien feel like they are missing out on eating yummy things just because I refuse to do it. So in a way this New Years I decided I would stretch myself and make things with baking that I normally would never consider doing. I got started right away when I decided to have a New Years Day Party for my family. And a common baked good for a Puerto Rican family is an "Upside Down Pineapple Cake". Thanks to Pinterest I was able to create something for them but with a new twist. What I did were individual cakes for every one. I am so proud of my self! Here is what I did and how they turned out:
  • Jumbo Muffin Pan (Got mine at Walmart)
  • Duncan Hines Pineapple Supreme Mix (Sure could have made it myself but this mix is sooo YUMMY and works perfect)
  •   2 cans of Pineapples
  • A jar of Maraschino Cherries
  • 2/3 cups of packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup of melted Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Get your mix ready by following the box directions.

Drain the pineapples... I than cut a sliver out of my pineapples since they were just a nudge to big.
Cut your cherries in half.
 In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and butter, mix well. Spoon in your butter mix into the Jumbo pan. Than layer your pineapple slices and cut cherries ontop of the brown sugar in the jumbo muffin pan.
 Than add your mix in. Make sure to not over fill the mix since it will rise. I only filled mine about 3/4 of the way up.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minuted or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Wait about a minute before inverting but not too much longer as you want them to slide out smoothly.
Now since the bottom (which is your top) is rounded and to get them to lay flat the bottom has to be cut. So I waited till they were cooled (at least a good hour) and than used a serrated knife.
Not only do they make a GREAT presentation but taste DELICIOUS !!!!

Well that's all for today. If you get a chance to make these and if you post please link me up. I would luv to hear from you !
Warmly, Norma 


Katiejane said...

These look great Norma, super YUM!
Lovely to see you're blogging again.
Your daughter is so pretty and check out the gorgeous hair style♥ I feel like there's going to be some experimenting going down -my daughter's hair is also down to her bum!
Katie x

Norma Kennedy said...

Hi Katie, So good to see u ! Thanks and make sure to show me what u do with ur DD hair !!!! xoxo